Hoyo de Tradición Robusto – Cigar Review
Hoyo de Tradición is part of the Hoyo de Monterrey brand from General Cigar Co. It is billed as a smooth, medium body, rich cigar and combines tobaccos from four different countries. It comes in four sizes Epicure (5 1/4 x 50) which I selected for review today, Toro (6 x 52), Corona (5 3/4 x 45), and a Toro Grande (6 1/4 x 54). The motto for the Hoyo de Monterrey line is “Every man deserves a Hoyo.”
The description of the Hoyo de Tradición from General Cigar site is:
Hoyo de Tradición is blended from proprietary tobaccos from the world’s most revered growing regions. Born of volcanic soil into a pedigree of tobacco exclusive to General Cigar, the blend consists of hand-selected Honduran San Agustin, and Dominican Piloto Cubano leaves, which are married to Nicaraguan tobacco from the remote island of Ometepe. Bound with a robust Habano leaf from Connecticut, Hoyo de Tradición is adorned with a Honduran Jamastran Viso Rosado wrapper. The result is a Spanish box pressed cigars that is smooth, medium bodied and rich in flavor.
Size: 5 1/4 x 50
Wrapper: Honduran Viso-Rosado
Binder: Habano Connecticut
Filler: Honduran, Nicaraguan, Dominican
Cigars Smoked For Review: 1
Construction and Appearance: The wrapper of the Hoyo de Tradición is quite attractive, with a nice medium brown with a great reddish hue. It has fairly fine veins, almost unnoticeable, and a nice oil to it. The band is fairly simple. It has a red, white, and gold theme with Hoyo De Monterrey written on top, and Hoyo de Tradición written on the bottom.
Flavor and Notes: The wrapper of the Hoyo de Tradición has notes of grass, cocoa, and a slightly sweetness. The foot has a scent which is a blend of cocoa, coffee, hay, and grass. To prepare smoking the Hoyo de Tradición, I use a straight cut and on the cold draw there are flavors of wood, nuts, cocoa, cinnamon, and grass.
Smoking Characteristics: The Hoyo de Tradición opens up with a nice even draw which provides a medium body of smooth, cool, rich, slightly dry smoke. There are notes of cinnamon, cocoa, sweet cherry, and a slight bit of earth. The flavor is a deep warm blend which reminds me somewhat of a latte or a dark ale. After each draw, a nice blend of cocoa and earth linger on the palate, warming it slightly and causing a bit of salivation. Towards the end of the first third the draw opens up even more and starts to provide a full body of smoke. The strength is in the medium range with a nice retrohale that is just as savory.
Into the second third, there is a nice little evolution of flavors. A bit of coffee joins the blend along with some nutmeg and roasted nuts. The new notes compliment the cinnamon, earth, and cocoa well. The sweet cherry flavor has become more of a cane sugar. The blend is very enjoyable and a bit complex, offering enough flavors to keep my palate entertained. The ash holds firm, easily to the inch point. The burn has required a small correction. The draw is still easily providing a full body of the rich, cool, smooth, slightly dry smoke.
During the final third of the Hoyo de Tradición, most of the sweetness starts to fade out of the flavor profile. The notes of coffee, cocoa, cinnamon, and earth remain. The nutty flavors have faded out of the profile and are replaced with a deep baker spice that blends well with the other flavors. The strength is still medium, which makes it relaxing, but not at all overpowering. The construction during this third is fantastic, the ash is firm, the burn is nearly razor sharp, and the draw is excellent. The Hoyo de Tradición smokes cool to the nub with its nice deep, rich flavors.
Conclusion: The Hoyo de Tradición provided a great blend of flavors that had more than enough of an evolution to keep me entertained during the entire smoke. The construction was quite good, requiring only one correction for the burn, and a small amount of time for the draw to fully open up. The strength came in at a solid medium which would please many smokers. Overall it was a very enjoyable smoke that I would be more than happy, and more than likely, to try again.